Frustrating race ends difficult weekend for John in Austria

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Great weather conditions and fully occupied grandstands along the picturesque Red Bull Ring in Austria’s Styria, the greenest landscape in the Alps, provided an outstanding spectacle for all participants during the comeback of the world’s most prestigious racing series on two wheels in Austria.

Both riders in Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT had to deal with a disadvantage as they started a bit far down the grid but John McPhee started well – although he then lost time due to an accident with some riders in front of him.

After that, John mostly was riding alone till he and Italian rider Andrea Migno put together to close the gap to the group ahead of them. In the end it was a disappointing 24th position for McPhee who showed a great performance last time in Germany.

The team stays for one more day in Austria to take part in a test at the Red Bull Ring tomorrow before heading to the Czech Republic for the next race in just one week.

#17 John McPHEE – 24th (World Championship position22nd, 20 points):
“The Austrian Grand Prix was a difficult weekend from the start to the end. We mainly worked with some settings to the bike and I tried some different things to improve my riding too but without making significant progress. During the race I felt a little bit more comfortable but the problem was in the beginning that some riders crashed in front of me so I lost the group ahead of me immediately. When Migno came past me, I was able to took benefit from the speed of his engine. We could go together and caught the group again. In the end his rhythm wasn’t faster and every time I passed him, he re-passed me again due to his faster engine. Overall, it was a difficult weekend. I used the race to try and learn and try to work on my riding and to focus to improve in the next race. Fortunately we stay at the Red Bull Ring for tomorrow’s testing. I really look forward to it and try to understand the bike and this tricky circuit a little bit more.”

Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT